Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project Day 30 – the grand finale!

Whoo, hoo, I’ve made it to the final day of the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project! I can hardly believe I’ve written so many new poems (and if I admit to cheating, a few drafts that got reworking).  Today’s last poem, Life of St. Cuthbert, Bede is from an illuminated manuscript illustration that I picked up at the British Museum’s Manuscript collection.

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Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project Day 28 and 29 – last chance to give $!

Well, I’m almost done with this experiment and I’m feeling relatively pleased with my work on ekphrastic poems this week.  Today’s, “La Cathedrale, Rodin” and tomorrow’s, “Astronomer by Candlelight” are both up for your reading pleasure.

I would like to make another brief plea that if you’ve been following me at all this month and are able to give $5 or $10 to support the work that Tupelo Press does, and thereby support the literary arts, please submit on my behalf at their donation page.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with me!

“Detail of a Peacock” Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project Day 27

Today’s ekphrastic poem, “Detail of a Peacock” comes from a postcard of the Chora Church/Kariye Museum in Istanbul, which is recognized as one of the best-preserved and most beautiful collections of Orthodox Byzantine art in the world.  If you ever find yourself in Istanbul, GO THERE.  Because there is so much to take in and so many well-known stories depicted on the walls, I decided I’d do better to narrow my focus to just one decorative element, which is where this poem comes from.

As a reminder, the goal of this project is to help Tupelo raise money for it’s publishing endeavors.  If you are able, consider giving $5 on my behalf to help out.  Here is the link to their online donation system. Thanks!

“Untitled (Purple Petunia)” Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project Day 26

Today’s ekphrastic poem derives from a postcard of Georgia O’Keeffe’s painting from 1925 titled “Untitled (Purple Petunia)“.  I saw the original in the O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, which is a lovely little gallery (I really like small art museums, especially those that house just one artist, like the Rodin in Paris).  Visiting that gallery a few years ago helped rejuvenate my viewing of O’Keeffe, who has been somewhat unfairly interpreted, if you ask me.  My poem today tries to wrestle with that.

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The Final Week of the Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project

Well, I’m limping toward home plate, so to speak!  This month has been a great exercise in daily writing and revising (it hasn’t been such a great exercise in daily exercise, alas. I’ll need to get physical activity back into my routine!)  I hope you’re still reading along! Today’s poem is called Abstract Tree Forms, Emily Carr.

I’ve decided that this final week I’ll work on a series of poems using what is called ekphrasis.   Ekphrasis in its most basic definition takes the description of another work of (visual) art as its starting point.  This practice has a long history throughout literature dating from the Greeks up through Keat’s Ode on Grecian Urn and even, as my husband pointed out, in music – his example being Queen’s The Fairy-Feller’s Master-Stroke.

I have a massive collection of art postcards that I started collecting in college, and now I intentionally pick out one or two new postcards whenever I visit a new museum.  This gives me a lot of options for personally meaningful images to draw from.  I decided to write this first one from one of my oldest postcards, which I bought on a visit to the Vancouver art museum when I was visiting my friend Kelli at university there in the late nineties.  It was a neat moment because I had just read a Smithsonian magazine article about the artist, Emily Carr, and it just so happened that some of her masterworks were on display nearby at the time of my visit.  The postcard I picked up there has been up on many, many office and apartment walls since then, and it was fun to write about it these many years later.

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“Chores” Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project Day 23

Look, it’s a sonnet!  Well, today’s poem, Chores, at least resembles a sonnet even if its rhyme scheme isn’t the interlaced alternating rhymes that some of the more formal sonnets require.  I’m pleased nonetheless.  The first few lines of this one sprung into mind quite easily as I was making a pie for a friend’s “beer and pie” birthday party tonight, using the only fruit I had in the house (thank goodness blueberries were on sale this week).  I often get good ideas for writing while I cook, and I think the practices aren’t dissimilar.  For both, you have to use what you already have in the house, beware-ing exotic ingredients, and they often take longer than you think they will.

As a reminder, the goal of this project is to help Tupelo raise money for it’s publishing endeavors.  If you are able, consider giving $5 on my behalf to help out.  Here is the link to their online donation system. Thanks!

“Midlife” Tupelo Press Poetry 30/30 Project Day 22

Oops, it looks like I am just now remembering to post today’s Tupelo 30/30 project poem, Midlife.  This is what happens when my baby doesn’t take his morning nap, the whole routine goes out the window!  Seriously, though, I am feeling pretty heroic for even attempting to do this project while caring for a toddler. 🙂

As a reminder, the goal of this project is to help Tupelo raise money for it’s publishing endeavors.  If you are able, consider giving $5 on my behalf to help out.  Here is the link to their online donation system. Thanks!